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Big rig fuel spill closes lanes on 5 Freeway in Burbank

August 20, 2012 |  8:49 am

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

Three lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway in Burbank were closed Monday morning after a big rig flipped onto its side and spilled about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel, the California Highway Patrol said.

The 6:50 a.m. accident occurred near the Scott Road exit, where about 15 feet of a nearby wall was missing, CHP officials said. About 20 minutes later, emergency workers had managed to move the truck upright, and the driver was out of the vehicle.

Early reports noted a metal object on the freeway that resembled a weapon, but no weapon was found, CHP spokeswoman Monica Posada said.

Three of the four lanes are expected to be closed until the spill is cleaned up; one lane remained open, Posada added.

Officials are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident.


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Image: Approximate location of incident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps